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by Monika Suteski,Cormac O'Brien

Scandals, Seduction, Addiction, Adultery, Horrific Fashions—And the White House?!?   Your high school history teachers never gave you a book like this one! Secret Lives of the First Ladies features outrageous and uncensored profiles of the women of the White House—complete with hundreds of little-known, politically incorrect, and downright wacko facts. You’ll discover that:        •  Dolley Madison loved to chew tobacco      •  Mary Todd Lincoln conducted séances on a regular basis      •  Eleanor Roosevelt and Ellen Wilson both carried guns      •  Jacqueline Kennedy spent $121,000 on her wardrobe in a single year      •  Betty Ford liked to chat on CB radios—her handle was “First Mama”      •  Hillary Clinton dreamed of being an astronaut      •  And much, much more   With chapters on every woman who’s ever made it to the White House, Secret Lives of the First Ladies tackles all of the tough questions that other history books are afraid to ask: How many of these women owned slaves? Which ones were cheating on their husbands? And why was Eleanor Roosevelt serving hot dogs to the King and Queen of England? American history was never this much fun in school!
Download Secret Lives of the First Ladies epub
ISBN: 1594740143
ISBN13: 978-1594740145
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Historical
Author: Monika Suteski,Cormac O'Brien
Language: English
Publisher: Quirk Books; 1st edition (May 1, 2005)
Pages: 296 pages
ePUB size: 1559 kb
FB2 size: 1207 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 560
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This could have been a fun book. It could have been loaded with trivia and fun tidbits but the writing is so heartless that I cannot even begin to tell you how bad it is. I read another review that mentions this very thing but the fact that the reviewer gave it 3-stars made me believe that there were just a couple of infractions. No. This book is loaded with it.

For example, we all know that Martha Washington was married once before George. She had several children with her first husband Daniel and the author tells us that two of the children died, then her husband died and then O'Brien writes, "... at twenty-six, Martha was a widow with two little brats left to raise..." Are you kidding me? Brats? This woman just lost her children and her husband and there is simply something wrong with associating our founder's wife with raising brats.

There are many of these insults throughout the book and so save your money. I'm glad that I grabbed it on the Kindle Daily Deal for a couple of bucks because it is worth much less than that.
I hadn't expected a whole lot when I started this book. That's pretty much what I got. To be honest, the stories of the wives of the presidents of the 18th and 19th Centuries were fairly well informative. Probably because I really didn't have a great deal of knowledge of most of them prior to reading this book. On the other hand, I was greatly disappointed with O'Brien's short stories of the First Ladies of the 20th and 21st Centuries. I was aware of most of their histories, and he added little information. Many of his comments seemed snarky. And, he chose to go with awful drawings of the First Ladies, rather than photographs. Now, I understand that prior to the mid-19th century photos were not available, or were only rare (and often of the First Lady well after her husband was out of office). However, the drawings he used were abysmal. For example, the drawing of Rosalynn Carter showed her next to John Wayne Gacy, a serial pedophile and child killer. This was based on a single picture taken at a fundraising event, where Mrs. Carter had her picture taken with dozens of strangers, as many people in the public do. She never knew Mr. Gacy, or had any dealings with him. The drawing ignored Mrs. Carter's tremendous humanitarian works during and after President Carter's term, as noted by Mr. O'Brien. I'm sorry, but I cannot recommend this book to anyone interested in better understanding the wives of our presidents.
This is a journalist's bio book of the lives of the First Ladies. It's not really in depth--you get small portraits with interesting tidbits, slightly gossipy (such as Michelle Obama asking her stylist to lower her eyebrows so she didn't have an "angry" look on television.)

I didn't know much about Lucretia Garfield or Anna Harrison. Anna Harrison was born not far from here (Sussex County, New Jersey), so that was interesting to me. Julia Gardiner Tyler had a bevy of "ladies-in-waiting" like a queen. See? Kind of tidbits you never read in history class.

Just don't expect real depth from this book. If you like the fly-on-the-wall view, with tidbits, I'd suggest Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies which I really enjoyed more than this book. I gave a copy to a friend's father, who is a history fan and he raved about it, too. So if you love this book, I'd suggest it for additional reading.
profanity and slang are not what i expect in a historical biography. By the time I got to chapter 7, I read how Martha Washinton "bitched up a storm", John Quincy Adams was "a poor slob", and John Tyler "pissed off" both the Democrats and Whigs. This is horrible! i want to keep reading this book as I am curious to the subject matter but can't help but feel like I'm reading a term paper from some Community College Rhodes Scholar. That this book was allowed to be published in such an amateurish manner is sad. Rage rage against the dying of good language!
I had great expectations for this book. It did not disappoint in the material. Having said that the author appears to have been writing for third or fourth graders. He uses a breezy, cutesy style that became old quickly. I couldn't wait to get to the end of the book. He used George H. W. Bush's pet name for Mrs. Bush, which I felt was not appropriate. As for the illustrations, I would have preferred photographs. As mentioned, the material was informative. He just needs to cut back on trying to be too cute in his writing style.
A great introduction to the personalities, and their interaction with the historical settings and ways that woman's lives were circumscribed. It highlights their courage and fortitude, especially with some of their grumpy husbands. They varied according to temperament, from bookish introverts to those who could throw entertaining parties (not that they are necessarily mutually exclusive). They also varied in their KQ (Kindness Quotient), and their attitude to their staff. Some were brilliant, and should have been President. And so many, had many births….. It’s a great introduction, and it would be interesting to hear from someone who knew the history better than me. I’m an Australian, married to an American (based in Brisbane), so I could engage hubby in lots of interesting discussions. I think it would be a great one for a year’s book reading group.

I actually ended up listening to the AUDIO version on my iPhone/headphones whilst walking, so having the book was a great backup.
I had seen photos of portraits of Martha Washington, but had no real idea who she was other than as Mrs. George Washington. I had no idea that her father-in-law during her first marriage was such a wily tyrant, nor that Martha took great pleasure in destroying his hand blown wine glasses once the old pain-in-her-life finally died.
I was never taught that Mrs. Tyler wrote a book about being a First Lady. BTW, it is currently in reprint.
It was fun to see just how much these ladies did for their presidential husbands, and how they lived their lives as far more than just as Mrs. President. I loved this book.